Lost Objects Of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons

Lost Objects Of Desire: The Performances of Jeremy Irons

by Mark Nicholls

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Overview

This first book-length critical study of Jeremy Irons concentrates on his key performances and acting style. Through the analysis of some of the major screen roles in Irons’s career, such as Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Reversal of Fortune, Swann in Love, Dead Ringers and Lolita , Mark Nicholls identifies a new masculine identity that unites them: an emblematic figure of the 1980s and 1990s presented as an alternative to the action hero or the common man. Using clear explanations of complex theoretical ideas, this book investigates Jeremy Irons’s performances through the lens of sexual inversion and social rebellion, to uncover an entirely original but recognizable screen type.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857454430
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught since 1993. His research interests include Hollywood cinema, Italian cinema, masculinity, Freudian psychoanalysis and Shakespeare adaptation. He is the author of Scorsese’s Men: Melancholia and the Mob (Pluto and Indiana University Press, 2004) and has published chapters and articles on Martin Scorsese, Luchino Visconti, Shakespeare in film and film and the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. Imogen, Narcissism and the Intolerable Idea

Chapter 2. Brideshead Revisited : Charles Ryder Drowning in Honey

Chapter 3. The French Lieutenant's Woman : Charles Smithson; Beyond the Pale and Mike Beyond the Run

Chapter 4. Swann in Love : Exceptional Feelings

Chapter 5. Dead Ringers : The Flight from Strange and Unloved Women

Chapter 6. M. Butterfly : René Gallimard and the Flair for Melodrama

Chapter 7. Lolita : The Two Basic Laws of Totemism

Bibliography

Filmography

Notes

Index

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